In Focus: ‘Scapes exhibition opening

The opening of our exhibition went well tonight. So good to see all the prints on the wall looking so good.

If you didn’t make it tonight do drop by during the week. I expect we could also open the gallery for a short period next Tuesday night.

Great work everyone and special thanks to the hanging team and others who put to do various tasks. Too many to mention but special thanks to John Noble who did a lot of the mounts and many of the prints.

The displayed images can also be viewed in our Scapes Exhibition 2023 gallery.

Celebrating Melbourne’s top secondary photomedia students in an exciting exhibition at MAPh

Our club aponsors a competition run by the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh) for secondary students in honour of our dear departed friend Rosie Hughes. Please see below information about the launch of the exhibition on Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 6:00pm.

Celebrating its 15th year, TOPshots continues to highlight the strength of the photographic work being produced by students in Victoria’s high schools. The 14 artists selected for this year’s exhibition highlight a range of creative and experimental approaches to photography while exploring themes and ideas that are relevant to these young artists as they navigate their worlds and develop their creative responses.
MAPh is proud to have the opportunity to foreground and acknowledge these emerging artists while providing them with a vital platform to share and exhibit their work.
  – Stella Loftus-Hills, MAPh Curator

TOPshots 2022–23 | Exhibition launch and award announcement
Museum of Australian Photography
Wednesday 26 April 2023
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Free event. RSVPs essential

Thank you for a great 2022!

What a year it has been, so many workshops, outings, lots and lots of images, what more in life could we want!!

Last night was the Annual Presentation Night, with many highlights, some being:

  • Paul Spence, became a life member
  • Jennifer Sui was top aggregate scorer
  • Portfolio distinctions were awarded
  • Judges Christopher Ian & Mandarine Montgomery, gave insightful comments, and answered many questions informally
  • Lots of door prizes won, with very happy recipients
  • A very social time was had by all.

On behalf of the committee, have a wonderful and safe festive season, see you all next year with our first event a BBQ on 10th January 2023 at Brickmakers Park.

New Committee for 2022/2023

Last night we held our AGM, prior to the workshop with Albert Tay. The minutes of the AGM, together with the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports, will be available in due course, but I did want to take this opportunity to provide a quick update around changes in the Committee.

The following people were elected to the positions stated below:

  • Ian Coombs, President
  • Russell Lucas, Vice President
  • Tim Keane, Secretary
  • Stephen Hilton, Treasurer

And as general committee members:

  • Vicki Moritz
  • Stephen Edmonds
  • Geoff Shaw
  • Elaine Whitton
  • Jennifer Sui
  • Colleen Singleton
  • Rebecca Kashyap

As you can see, I have stepped down as President after 3 years, but took up the supporting role to Ian Coombs, our new President. I’ll take this opportunity to congratulate Ian and welcome him into the role, and thank him for being prepared to take it on.

I said a lot of ‘thank you’s last night in my President Report, and I will not repeat them here – suffice it to say, we are lucky to have a great team, with considerable depth and experience, supporting our cub, and it great to see that largely retained.

I did want to call out our two retiring committee members, Paul Spence and Jen Fawkes. Paul has steered our Creative group from inception to where it is today over several years. Anyone who has been involved in that group would have to be impressed not only with Paul’s knowledge, skill and craft, but also his passion for this subject. He has put Waverley ‘on the map’ as far as creative photography endeavours are concerned. Jen has been the instigator of several great programs and initiatives at our club, and currently runs ‘Street Beat’, the Portfolio Group and the the clubs involved in the PSA Competitions. Jen also organised our weekend away this year, although was unable to attend due to COVID. Jen has worked really hard for us bringing us new and interesting initiatives that challenge us in different ways. We look forward to her continuing to lead some of these groups, albeit off the committee – serving as a great example that you do not have to be on the committee to help the club drive things forward. On behalf of the members and committee, I’d like to thank Jen and Paul for their service and contribution.

I’d also like to thank all of you, our members, for giving me the privilege of leadership over the last three years. Thank you for your friendship, and most importantly, thank you for your support. I am now looking forward to working with Ian and the team as we move forward.

Kind regards, Russell.

AGM followed by workshop with Albert Tay

Below is some information from Albert on tonight’s workshop (after our AGM), do come along and find something new to do at home!

Workshop Summary

Do you have enough photography ideas to keep yourself busy during weekends or rainy days? Albert Tay has done a lot and will be sharing the secrets behind his Levitation and Multiplicity photos. He will talk about the preparation, setup, tips and go through the post processing (if time permits).

Workshop Outline

  • WOW photography – a reveal
  • Breaking the ‘magician’s oath’
  • Story and inspiration behind the shoots
    • Levitation (self portraits)
    • Levitation (products)
    • Multiplicity
  • Preparations – ideas, concepts, locations, props and setup
  • Tips
  • Before & After
  • Learning by example – props, tools and post processing
  • Q&A